INCIDENCE of eight-focused crimes in Negros Occidental has decreased by nine percent for the first four months of 2022 compared to the same period last year.

Records from the Police Regional Office (PRO)-6 showed that there were 145 recorded eight-focused crimes lodged in Negros Occidental from January to April this year.

The figure is lower compared to January to April 2021 with 161.

These focus crimes comprise murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, carnapping of motor vehicle, and carnapping of motorcycle.

While the occurrences of eight-focus crimes in the province decreased, those in Bacolod City slightly increased to 71 incidents from 70 last year, PRO-6 Director Brigadier General Flynn Dongbo said in a statement.

Dongbo noted that the region’s total crime incidents in the first quarter of the year were tallied at 5, 151.

This is lower than 75 incidents, or 1.43 percent, compared to the same period in 2021 with 5, 226 crime incidents.

Dongbo expressed gratitude to all stakeholders and the Philippine National Police (PNP) unit commanders and their personnel across the region for the collective effort in ensuring the region is peaceful and orderly.

“These gains were achieved because of your cooperation and effort in implementing the peace and order programs of the PNP in collaboration and coordination with the supportive community,” he said.

Dongbo added that the local government units and other government agencies also played a vital part in reducing crime incidents in the region.